Photo Shows Cross-Contamination Risk At A Hookah Lounge

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The photo shows the storage room of a Hookah lounge, showing the tobacco flavorings stored near a mop bucket, with a container of cleaning solvent on the floor nearby.

The hookah lounge (also called a shisha bar or den, especially in Britain and parts of Canada, or a hookah bar) is an establishment where patrons share shisha from a communal hookah or nargile which is placed at each table. Hookah is a flavored tobacco. It is smoked out of a ‘hookah’ water pipe. The tobacco is often called shisha which is a higher grade hookah with only molasses and flavoring added. It is a centuries old practice and most likely began in India.

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